A classic New England waterside escape
13 Rooms / 48 Suites
A sea-side property located on the edge of Maine’s Crescent Beach State Park, a popular site that boasts one mile of sandy beach on the shores of Cape Elizabeth, Inn by the Sea is a luxurious getaway for eco-minded travelers, dog owners and anyone who enjoys simple, sustainable beauty.
While many of Inn by the Sea’s features are thoroughly modern — the hotel uses alternative energy sources to keep you cozy during Maine’s notoriously harsh winters — it still projects a classically quaint New England vibe, thanks in part to the sweeping ocean views, white Adirondack chairs and traditional coastal shingle architecture.
Sip locally sourced cocktails on your private balcony while gazing at lobster boats bobbing on the horizon, or take a more active approach and book an experience like “Gardening by the Sea,” which features hands-on gardening classes taught by renowned grower Derrick Daly. Either way, this 61-room boutique hotel is an enchanting escape for travelers of all stripes.
The Maine hotel offers several options at various price points. The new Cove Suites, which debut in summer 2017, feature a master bedroom with a king bed, a second bedroom with two queen beds, and an airy living space with a pullout couch, a dining table that seats four and a fully-furnished kitchen.
Garden Suites are located on the ground floor and provide immediate access to the manicured gardens, pool, and boardwalk. These suites have a king bedroom with a separate living space, which includes an executive desk, pullout sofas (great for kids), refrigerator, microwave and more.
The two-level Spa Suites are perfect for couples and have a lofted bedroom with an oversized bathroom — featuring an air jet tub, a walk-in shower, and heated floors — on the upper floor plus romantic balconies (located on the lower floor) with ocean views and seating for two.
One- and two-bedroom Beach Suites have direct ocean views, outer decks, fireplaces and hardwood floors that extend into spacious living space, fully equipped kitchens and dining areas. Both units have oversized bathrooms with soaking tubs and glass showers.
Those without animal sidekicks can book a Traditional Guest Room. These single-room accommodations boast king-sized beds, gas-burning fireplaces, glass walk-in showers and ocean views.
All rooms have a crisp, updated look with classic-contemporary furnishings in muted tones and pops of cheery color.
As you might expect from an eco-conscious resort, Sea Glass is a dedicated member of the growing locavore movement. Chef Andrew Chadwick uses produce from nearby farms and fish caught in Maine waters to create regional cuisine that is both decadent and delicious.
Local favorites, like New England clam chowder, appear on the seasonally rotating menu alongside globally inspired dishes like lobster tacos, three-meat Bolognese, and ocean perch served with curried cauliflower and raisins.
Vegan and vegetarian options are also available. During the day, you can choose to eat pool-side or on the deck. In the evening, you may opt for experiencing the ocean views at Sea Glass restaurant or taking in the casual elegance of the fireplace lounge.
While you’re enjoying chef Chadwick’s culinary creations, be sure to take a moment to feast your eyes on Inn by the Sea’s extensive art collection. Pieces range from modernist to traditional and are tied together by their soft color palettes and nautical themes. Highlights include original works by the likes of Chagall or renowned regional artists Eric Hopkins or Stephen Etnier.
In the fall and winter months, Inn by the Sea is a must-visit destination for dog lovers. Not only does the luxury hotel foster dogs for adoption, but it also rolls out the red carpet treatment for any canine on the premises. (They can stay in the dog-friendly rooms for no extra charge.)
Owners can order from a dog-specific room service menu, get in-room massages for their pooches or even take their four-legged friends to dinner at the fireplace lounge. Other pet-specific amenities include L.L. Bean dog blankets and beach towels.